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Dance

The American Dance Festival is an annual series that celebrates modern dance with performances from a wide range of styles and companies. This year’s lineup of diverse performances include Paul Taylor, the Vertigo Dance Company, and Ragamala Dance.

The ADF also coordinates the Black Tradition in American Modern Dance project. In 2007, the project worked with PBS to create a documentary, Free to Dance, chronicling the history of African American contributions to modern dance. (The program’s website also has a great timeline on the subject.)

If you want to learn more about African American dance history, check out some of the books the Stone Center has to offer.

These books all focus on groundbreaking African American ballerinas:

A biography of Pearl Primus, a modern dancer who brought African dance to American audiences.

Pearl Primus appeared at the American Dance Festival several times, and in 1987 she participated in an event for African American choreographers. In 2000, the ADF was given a collection of Primus’ work and notes. (Find out more here.)

Primus’ choreography continues to influence the modern dance scene, and her company performed at ADF as recently as 2008:

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The American Dance Festival will continue into next week, with the final performance on July 28.

New @the SCL, Part 2: The Arts!

Welcome back, faithful readers! Yesterday we posted the first of three listings of new books currently on display here at the Stone Center Library. Today’s new titles cover a wide range of the arts, including dance, film, music, and visual arts.

The Devil Finds Work (James Baldwin)

Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present (Robin R. Means Coleman)

Black Social Dance in Television Advertising: An Analytical History (Carla Stalling Huntington)

Marion D. Cuyjet and Her Judimar School of Dance: Training Black Ballerinas in Black Philadelphia 1948-1971 (Melanye White Dixon; with a Foreword by Lynette Young Overby)

The Dance Claimed Me: a Biography of Pearl Primus (Peggy & Murray Schwartz)

The Life, Art, and Times of Joseph Delaney, 1904-1991 (Frederick C. Moffatt)  

A to Z of African Americans: African Americans in the Visual Arts (Steven Otfinoski)

Back in the Days: Remix (Photographs by Jamel Shabazz)

Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade (Maurie D. McInnis)

Intrigued by any of the above titles? Click on the links for a brief summary or come by the Library and peruse at your leisure!

Coming tomorrow: post three of three, featuring a bevy of hot topics such as religion, gender studies, and more… stay tuned!

SCL Picks: Dance! Dance! Dance!

Calling all dance enthusiasts! Take a look at a few of our latest titles on dance in the Caribbean:

Pictured above: Making Caribbean dance: continuity and creativity in island cultures (2010)  |  Carlos Acosta: the reluctant dancer (2010)  |  Dance Jamaica: renewal and continuity: the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica 1962-2008 (2009).

Looking for other types of resources? Don’t forget to check out the Dance section of our Guide to the Web!

Happy reading, and hope you all have a fabulous holiday weekend! 🙂

SCL Picks: Hip-Hop!

As Black Music Month comes to a close, we’d be remiss if we didn’t highlight just a few more of the Library’s holdings… check out some of our picks in hip-hop!

Pictured above: Stand and deliver: political activism, leadership, and hip hop culture; Icons of hip hop: an encyclopedia of the movement, music, and culture (Vols. 1 & 2); The black chord: visions of the groove: connections between Afro-beats, rhythm & blues, hip hop, and more; That’s the joint!: the hip-hop studies reader; And it don’t stop!: the best American hip-hop journalism of the last 25 years.

Looking for more? How about…

Happy reading! 🙂

ADF @DPAC: June 9-July 23

Established in 1934, the American Dance Festival is “an international magnet for choreographers, dancers, teachers, critics, musicians, and scholars, drawing them together to experiment, explore, learn, collaborate, and create in a supportive environment.”

Housed at Duke University since 1977, this year’s performances will take place June 9-July 23.

Notable among the all-start line-up are two African-American troupes: EVIDENCE and the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company. This year’s season is also the last for its director of 43 years, Charles Reinhart.

Interested in learning more? Check out this recent article in the News & Observer, or peruse the ADF website for the festival’s history at a glance and an interactive timeline. Enjoy! 🙂

National Library Week 2011! More new titles @your [Stone Center] library!

Yesterday marked the start of ALA’s National Library Week 2011 and this year’s theme is “Create your own story @your library.”  If you’re looking for new stories to add to your arsenal, be sure to check out the Stone Center Library’s latest display of new titles.

Interested in Caribbean topics?  Then today’s highlights might be right up your alley.  Click on the links below for more information, or come by the library to browse in person!

“Clarke and Clarke have created a journal that provides an ethnographic record of the East Indians and Creoles of San Fernando–and the entire sugar belt south of the town known as Naparima. They record socio-political relations during the second year of Trinidad’s independence (1964), and provide first-hand evidence for the workings of a complex, plural society in which race, religion, and politics had become, and have remained, deeply intertwined.”

“Contrary to popular belief, the ideology of empire in the nineteenth-century British produced a number of West Indian Creoles who took the language and values of Britain’s supposedly liberal empire and turned them upside down. . . Inverting the racist hierarchy of nineteenth-century British imperial thought, twentieth-century political activists in the British West Indies used the concepts of liberal ideology to claim that the subject people of the West Indies constituted a Creole nation that deserved the right to govern itself.”

“This ground-breaking study of the Caribbean’s iconography traces the history of visual representations of the region, as perceived by outsider and insider alike, over the last five hundred years.”

“Artists, teachers, administrators, and researchers survey many facets of dance in the region, both folk dance from African and colonial heritages, and art dance that has mingled those traditions with others around the world.”

“Lewis’ last manuscript, The Modern Caribbean: a New Voyage of Discovery,” was scheduled to be published about the time of his death in 1991. Most of the chapters in this volume come from that previously unpublished work, although a few others are included. Lewis, a social scientist who was based at the University of Puerto Rico since 1955, wrote widely on the Caribbean from an interdisciplinary point of view.”

 

Coming tomorrow: new titles on display relating to other aspects of the African diaspora.

Black History events at the NC Museum of History

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Planning ahead for Black History Month?  The NC Museum of History has various events coming up!

10th Annual African American Cultural Celebration
Saturday, Jan. 29
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Over 75 presenters—musicians, storytellers, dancers, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors, chefs, teachers, scholars, and more—will be on hand to kick off Black History Month and celebrate North Carolina’s diverse African American heritage and culture. For more information, call Emily Grant at 919-807-7979 or visit ncmuseumofhistory.org.

African American History Tour
Saturday, Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26
1:30–2:30 p.m.
Explore the lives and accomplishments of African American North Carolinians from the antebellum period to the Civil Rights era.

Hands-on History
Saturday, Feb. 5, 12, 19, and 26
1–3 p.m.
Learn about African Americans who have called North Carolina home as you make a craft, jump a rope, or hear a story. DROP-IN PROGRAM
The Ambidexter Philosopher: Thomas Jefferson in Black Thought, 1776–1877
Sunday, Feb. 6
2 p.m.
Mia Bay, Rutgers University
Professor Bay will examine African Americans’ changing ideas about Thomas Jefferson between the American Revolution and the post-emancipation era. This Perspectives on History lecture is presented in conjunction with the National Humanities Center and sponsored by the N.C. Museum of History Associates.

History à la Carte: 1898 Wilmington Race Riot
Wednesday, Feb. 9
12:10–1 p.m.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
LeRae Umfleet, Collections Management Chief, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
In 1898 white rioters in Wilmington violently overthrew a legitimately elected black Republican government, changing the course of politics and race relations in North Carolina and across the nation. Umfleet will discuss the riot and its long-term impact.

Music of the Carolinas: Magic of African Rhythm
Sunday, Feb. 13
3–4 p.m.
This powerful ensemble features traditional African melody, movement, and rhythm. Students from Raleigh’s Community Music School will join them for a special program. PineCone cosponsors the performance.

Hope you all have a great weekend! 🙂